Thanks Keriamon! I do see what you mean about the loss of a vital organ thing, I thought that myself. I can't think about that anymore or I just get angry. I do think I need the Welchol, Cholestid, etc because I do relate with the yellow-y BM's that burn. I will mention this again to the doctor.
I do feel a little less scared to go out & see an Italian doc if need be rather than waiting on my doctor, after all, you had no choice in Ireland. And, yes, there are translators available, but all this fun has made me so terrified of going to anyone anymore & nothing used to bother me before. I finally went out to eat last night and I think I have had to pay for it all day long today. I still take my daily dose of Metamucil, but it is getting to the point where I can't stand drinking it. I mean, they make orange juice pulp-free now for a reason. Any advice on that one? I can't stand the texture. Does ANYone have any suggestions on that?
I haven't been able to get the Gas-X yet, but hopefully I can do that tomorrow. Does it do better if you take it just before you eat, or does it do better when you wait for the symptoms to pop up, or what?
My pain comes in my lower abdomen, in the umbilical region - nowhere near my invisible gall bladder. I still am being forced to wait until after the colonoscopy next month before they'll give me anything for pain. Does anyone have a way to get that to stop without pain meds, or does Gas-X usually take care of that? Sorry for all the questions, but you guys are really good at giving advice.
Also, I don't know if anyone else had this happen to them, but last summer, every time I went to certain restaraunts to eat, I left there almost in tears because I was hurting so bad. The only ones I remember the most were IHOP & Golden Corral - is this something normal to IBS people, or normal to people with celiac disease. Has anyone ever had it happen to them? I'm just trying to figure out what's wrong with me cause nobody else can pinpoint a diagnosis.
Again, I am very thankful for this forum & all the help, especially from Keriamon.